Plastics and the Environment

Health crisis: This is how much waste is being burned in the open every year

Locals walk among burning rubbish piles searching for items at the main garbage dump in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

An open burning rubbish pile in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Image: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Costas Velis
Lecturer in Resource Efficiency Systems, University of Leeds
Ed Cook
Research Fellow in Circular Economy Systems, University of Leeds
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